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Santa Cruz County, CA November 7, 2006 Election
Measure L
Sales Tax
City of Watsonville

4,159 / 59.97% Yes votes ...... 2,776 / 40.03% No votes

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Results as of December 1 10:01am, 100.00%% of Precincts Reporting (32/32)
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In order to maintain critical City services such as police, parks, fire and community services, neighborhood crime prevention, building code enforcement, gang prevention programs, road and pothole repair and other services provided by the City of Watsonville, shall the sales tax in Watsonville be increased by one quarter of one percent (0.25%) to be effective if the voters also cap the City's retirement tax collection rate at 7.7 cents per $100.00 of assessed value?

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Impartial Analysis from City Attorney
If adopted, this Measure would increase the sales tax in Watsonville by one quarter of one percent (1/4 %). The sales tax is sometimes referred to as "transactions and use tax". The present sales tax rate in Watsonville is eight percent (8%). This Measure would increase the rate to eight and one quarter percent (8.25%). The proposed increase would be imposed just like the present tax; upon the sale of tangible personal property sold at retail within the City limits and upon the storage, use, or other consumption of tangible personal property purchased from any retailer in the City limits.

All revenue from the proposed tax would go into the City's General Fund and would therefore be used by the City to pay for general City operations and services including police, fire, parks, building code enforcement and street repair and improvements. This Measure is therefore a "general purpose tax" rather than a "special purpose tax" and requires a simple majority vote.

This Measure would be valid and effective if and only if the voters also approve Measure M which amends Subdivision (b) of the City Charter, capping the City retirement tax. This sales tax would replace part of the revenue lost by capping the retirement tax.

s/ Alan J. Smith
City Attorney

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